Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers guard Evan Turner (2) congratulates guard Lance Stephenson (1) after he was fouled and scored against against the Los Angeles Lakers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Los Angeles 118-98. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers’ Stephenson, Turner fought on eve of playoffs

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Turns out, there was an issue in the Indiana Pacers locker room.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson had to be separated from a fight that occurred just before the playoffs actually started.

[Yahoo]

Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Even Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.

Turner hadn’t been the first Pacer to lose his temper with Stephenson’s relentlessly irritable nature suggests Turner won’t be the last. These scrapes aren’t uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports.

“This stuff happens, but the timing wasn’t ideal,” one witness told Yahoo Sports.

The best part of this whole story is the fact that prior to Tuesday night’s Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks, Stephenson told Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis star that they Pacers needed to “punch more” in order to win.

I guess it worked, huh.

So, what’s really going on inside that Pacers locker room?

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